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Isaacson v. Horne

Isaacson v. Horne

Challenge to an unconstitutional Arizona law that prohibits abortion 20 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period. In July 2012, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona denied plaintiffs’ request for an injunction. On May 21, 2013 a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a permanent injunction, striking down the law based on a woman’s constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy before the fetus is viable without undue interference by the state. Final Outcome: The U.S. Supreme Court declined the state’s request to review the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, and the permanent injunction stands. (See the Ninth Circuit Opinion here. See more about the case here.)